Of all my novels, Armageddon Girl took the longest to write. The version that made it out into the world was number four, that’s far more than my usual one. I’m talking about major rewrites here, not drafts and partial edits. Unusually for me, I didn’t keep those early documents but deleted huge sections and started again. Modern technology allows anyone who’s creating documents to save as many versions as they want, which is what I always do, with this one exception. So, most of this is going to come from memory.
Where the idea for this story came from, I don’t know. I was sitting in front of my computer with a blank document open trying to create some short story ideas when this one arrived. It’s a near-future SF story about a young man who is something of an artist. It’s not to be taken seriously, but it does predict the future.
When people asked Lydia what she did for a job she told them she was a robotics engineer. She was responsible for testing the new models to make sure they did everything they were supposed to. What she didn’t tell anyone but her closest friends was she tested sex robots.
I fear Isaac Asimov’s ‘three laws of robotics’ will hardly ever be implemented. Once technology advances, humans will be removed from the chain of command, and the future predicted by science fiction writers will come to pass. It was these thoughts that resulted in the idea for this story.